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Microsoft lets slip an image of the upcoming Messaging app for Windows 10

Windows 10 is due next week, and one thing we know won't be available is the new Skype messaging experience. First announced in January by Microsoft (opens in new tab), the Universal Windows messaging app will let users chat using Skype directly from the Messaging app and switch to SMS for Phone users. Indeed, in the Windows 10 PC app, users can even see the ability to switch texting from Skype to presumably the phone, using the OS as a conduit.

Unfortunately, not much has been said about the Skype and Phone messaging app except that it will come later on. Some of our sources have suggested that Threshold Wave 2, which is expected in October, will attempt to bring this feature although plans are not yet finalised.

Interestingly, in today's Windows 10 video posted by Microsoft, you can clearly see the Messaging app and its integration into the Action Center at the 24-second mark including inline responses. This is similar to how it works on the Phone as demonstrated in January, so in that sense it is not particularly surprising. Regardless, it is the first look at what the app could look like when it finally does come to Windows 10 hopefully later this year. Seeing as it is just a mockup, design elements could change before its final release.

The concept of being able to send chat messages through Skype or even your phone from your PC is the dream experience. Here is hoping that we get to see this feature sooner than later. October would be a worthwhile wait.

Source: Microsoft; Thanks, TechmeIN64, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

157 Comments
  • Wow...Windows 10 apps are soo beautiful
  • And, not to mention that you'll probably be able to use Cortana with it..
  • Does this means that Skype will use your phone number to identify you like WhatsApp? If so that would be great. : )
  • Excellent point. Contact discovery in Skype is hopeless. After years of using it I still only have about 15 people in my Skype contacts. Why do Skype contacts have to be separate from all my other contacts and why can't I use my Windows people/contacts to discover other Skype users?
    I hope Messaging is integrated with Send, not competing IM solutions.
  • If Skype changes the way people sign up it will be a game changer, because Skype has the best quality of them all.
  • Looks good
  • They've used the UI from the phone messaging app (which is GREAT!). Very useable, clear and concise! I always had problems with the Skype UI- it was difficult to distinguish between my messages and the contact's messages.
  • MS...so many delayed promises...
  • Shut up and enjoy the magic!!
  • Sounds like how MS usually responds to user complaints, since their actions speak louder than their words.
  • Piss in your own corn flakes and let us enjoy ours.
  • You enjoy a delay? Enjoy.
  • I enjoy a finished product, not something rushed out to meet a date.
  • You don't understand Axmantim, none of Paul's software has ever been delayed, so he doesn't understand what delay means.
  • did they mention this is going to be a paid app.
  • And where's your source on this?
  • It was unfortunate that its been delayed. I really hope they will make it really great when its ready. :(
     
  • You have to think in Microsoft terms; Delay, delay, delay, delay!
  • 7 days more 
  • So bring back Hub from WP
  • The hub is dead and will never return. Accept it or move on to be honest. Best of luck.
  • Unfortunately, Microsoft seems to be saying that same thing to far too many of their users about user concerns. Not good, especially concerning mobile.
  • Microsoft killed the Hub because few people used it. Simple as that.
  • Has Microsoft released any information concerning the grade of encryption this messaging application will use? 256-Bit AES Encryption? Hopefully, Peerio, Avaamo, Cyberdust, and Threema will be releasing Windows 10 desktop & mobile apps this year. All use enterprise-grade encryption.
  • Wish were could get some aero effects like that in phone.
  • Really? Most of them are lackluster and wholly incomplete. Where are you getting this "beautiful" from?!
  • Except People app. :/
  • Agree with you. They are beautiful and much productive than 8.1 apps
  • I just hope they give a dark theme option.  It looks nice in the action center but the app is blinding white like everything else they've been making.
  • Symbian phones used to have this feature. I could use Nokia Suite with my C6 & my PC connected via USB or Bluetooth, and the suite showed all messages from the phone. I could just type on my PC and the client used the phone to send the texts..
  • This is beautiful, and what I've been waiting for all long. I hope it's not too far away.
  • Thank you
  • What?
  • SMDH...... So, what's it going to be? The 950, or XL❔❔ Sorry, no 1050, or 1550, in site...
    ....
    Or, are you going iDroid❔
  • I'm so confused.
  • You should be. That was hilarious. One says Thank you and another also goes off on a tangent posting something totally unrelated. Reading comments is the best entertainment. If you come looking for good laughs, there is no better place.
  • Thanks lol.
  • Lol....
  • I love this comment. Thank *you*, sir. :P
    They make me pretty mad reading them sometimes too though.
  • MS Lumia 940 S808 / XL S810 MS Lumia 950 with Snapdragon 820
  • July 29th.   This is one of the surprises.  
  • I really hope there are some....but I doubt it.  
  • It wouldn't be a new feature.  It's an app. If you go to messaging you see you can use default messaging app.  There just isn't a list now. This is why I like that Microsoft has focused on an app driven model.  These can come anytime without some sort of release schedule. Remember new store launches there will likely be new apps too including facebook.
  • Looks like Whatsapp Web
  • Looks like a windowed version of the messaging hub they ripped out of Windows with the 8.1 update...
  • Similar to iMessage app Mac with iphone
  • Similar to texting from your PC(Nokia Suite) when your Nokia Dumbphone is connected to the PC via Bluetooth. This has been there since 2005.
  • Exactly, microsoft in 2015 gives us the features we had 10 years back.. Symbian phones used to have this feature. I could use Nokia Suite with my 5233 or C6 & my PC connected via USB or Bluetooth, and the suite showed all messages from the phone. I could just type on my PC and the client used the phone to send the texts..
  • And how well did that work out for Nokia?
  • So Microsoft shouldn't do it because Nokia did it a decade ago or what?
  • Microsoft should do it.
    Microsoft are doing it. My response was to those boasting about Nokia doing this years ago. If Nokia were so brilliant how come they had to sell the devices side!
  • Because they became like blackberry, stagnant and slower than tortoises swimming in molasses.
  • How about that laptop though! I want it.
  • Surface Laptop CONFIRMED
  • Might just be a Dell XPS. 
  • Might be a turbosquid 3d model.* And by "might" I mean... might be from turbosquid but is almost definitely a 3D model.   I wish they had rendered a UVW reflection pass so that they could update the reflections on the keyboard in post from the screen and actually layered the reflections from the glass over the screen but oh well, nobody is perfect...
  • It's not a Xps lol.
  • I need this NOW :)
  • Right nao?
  • U must disapointed nao XD
  • What version of Skype is that in the screen shots? It's got the windows 10 theme. I'm only able to download Skype for desktop now.
  • It's the mockup by the Skype team from January, not the actual app.
  • in my opinion, it's one of the biggest mistakes of windows 10, shipping  without proper messaging app. sure, skype desktop is there, but it sure feels it doesnt belong there. and don't even mention using it on the tablet mode (on hdpi surface screen). it's embarrassing. broken even.
  • No, delaying an entire operating system for a messaging app would be the bigger mistake.  Especially with this OS we get a new browser uncoupled from the OS for the first time - this alone is about 100x more important than a messaging app. OTOH, Satya definitely should go to the Skype department and give everyone a hard kick in the rear and make some heads roll to put them into their places. It's been so long that Skype been bought by MS but they still act like they don't work for MS.
  • @houkoholic:
    No, the real mistake here is Nadella laying off tens of thousands of people, but that incompetent hobo that plans Skype's development schedule to always reliably make Skype on Windows lag behind other versions of Skype is still not fired. He or she would've been the first on my list.
    Come on, that Skype concept is six months old and they still have nothing REAL to show?!
    Microsoft promised for one and a half years now that the release of Windows 10 will be that ONE BIG watershed moment, where everything falls in place miraculously. And yet again, Skype is not ready; as ALWAYS!
    By the way: Did they finally solve the problem where Skype couldn't decide where to deliver notifications to, if a user is logged in on multiple devices?
  • Is Edge really uncoupled from the OS? EVERY update to it in the insider program had to come via new OS builds, so I'm guessing Edge will be updated not via the Store but through Windows update, just like IE is now.
  • The videos showcase what will be available July 29th. A nice surprise :)
  • oh please i need to get rid of skype apps somehow
  • I want that computer!
  • I love it too, I was worried by the keyboard that will be in contact with the screen when you close it, but when I see the quality of the kickstand (specialy surface 2), I have no doubt that Microsoft is able to create a laptop with a retractable keyboard with an higher key travel path(when you turn it off or close it) instead of having a the generic and old hole that keep the keyboard from touching the screen like macbooks or other followers
  • Looks similar to the old windows 8 messaging app.
  • In my opinion, that is a good thing...
  • Yh, i missed the old app but this looks great.
  • me too, since I moved to Android, there are so many things that I've missed... begin to moving back to Windows phones now...
  • That w8 messaging app was great
  • Yeah, that was inspired from the original WP7 messaging app that had Facebook messenger integrated. That was a pretty neat feature and I wasn't too happy when they had to nix it due to the compatibility issues with Facebook. Glad they added this back with Skype instead. Good thing they're making good on their promise of integrating Skype into the OS properly. WP8/8.1 were utter disappointments in this regard.
  • Hope very soon. Am tired of Skype desktop already.
  • Excellent news day today.... Keep them coming Daniel! I like the sound of this feature.
  • This is the action center reply like the wm10 does
  • How similar will this be to imessage for iOs?
  • iOS has end-to-end encryption
  • I hope that's the action center we get for WX mobile, so intuitive and interactive friendly
  • Nice! Looks similar to how iPhone and Mac OS X works using the Continuity feature. The integration is great. Really hoping the experience is as seamless on Windows too.
  • Yeah. It is only called OS X, though. They dropped "Mac" back when Lion was launched. Most likely because they began inserting iOS GUI elements into OS X, so "Mac" was no longer solid as a prefix I think. Regardless, messaging hi-speed from computer keyboard will be wonderful, and I hope for desktop cellular calls, too. I would really enjoy that while I use the computer from a stationary place. Obviously not interesting while I'm out and about, where the phone is flexible and the right tool for the job.
  • I chess this will be available when windows 10 is on phones
  • Chess mate, mate ;) Yeah, that, and it takes time to integrate everything and making it seamless between devices without issues.
  • lol checkmate
  • Didn't see that in January. Does it mean we can send messages via internet to our Windows Phone and have it forward that to the recipient as an SMS?
  • This is what is expected but Microsoft has been cagey on details. Seeing as their concept from January had an option for messaging (with Skype as default) it would appear that yeah, you could switch to SMS on the PC and send through your phone. Time will tell what we actually get.
  • And they're showing what seems to be an updated Facebook app, at least from the notification. Currently the app doesn't show such notifications as it's a Windows 8 app.
  • I don't think the current Facebook app in store can have inline button like that. Not sure what Facebook ap they are using or maybe it's just a mock up.
  • Man the dark theme rules.
  • Showing off things that is not included in the first update. Good job MS!
  • Even one of their hololens video showed a quick snapshot of one of the prototypes they were on.
  • With rumors that threshold wave 2 will focus on optimizations rather than news features doesn't that mean meaning might not come until Redstone?
  • Browser Extensions, live preview tabs and messaging are three things I know they are trying to get into Wave 2.
  • I have been requesting this feature forever now. Nice to see they are semi-implementing it. I can't wait to send texts/SMS from my PC!
  • Text using Skype lol.
  • If only they can get groupme as that solution, being able to text via mobile and PC and sync up real time. Just need to add teh SMS piece.  oh wait, skype owns groupme! 
  • Hoping this comes out before Windows 10 Mobile is released in the fall. This is one of my favourite features! :)
  • How has this not been a feature since W8? This isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff...
  • Oh microsoft loves this. Have a feature already. Remove it in the next version, then reintroduce it in the latest version as coming soon..
  • I'm really digging the black and blue. Looks nice!
  • Yes I love that. Messaging app on windows 8 was a setback. Glad to hear is coming back.
  • I have the same question about this that ICP had about magnets...for SMS, how does it work? The only way I can think is that you need to have text backup turned on and be on wifi so that everything can sync through OneDrive, then sending back auto-pings your message through your phone to the cell tower.
  • Can MS cap a day of good news by releasing a new build for Windows Mobile?? Not too much to ask, right? ;)
  • I deleted Viber once WhatsApp let me make voice called. I'll delete WhatsApp once Skype lets me add people using their numbers. Skype is missing a lot by not making thishappen. WhatsApp, Viber and now fb messenger all allow you to match the numbers from your phone book  while Skype still wants IDs. Majority of my friends and family won't use Skype because they feel it is a bit of a hassle to ask people for their Skype id, add them and then wait for approval when WhatsApp only requires you to save their numbers in your phone
  • Yeah, they really need to improve Skype in terms for registration and messaging. Its losing among messenger apps which some of them have Voice Call and Video Calling already. They need Skype to be a messaging powerhouse, not just for VoIP and Video Conferencing.
  • Did anybody note the date in the first picture? 07/30/2015? Maybe a clue?
  • Sherlock fan spotted
  • LOL!
  • So this single app will let me send SMS to peoples phones and messages to Skype contacts?
  • I think it'll be more, like a universal app of sorts. You'll text and call using Skype on your phone or your PC. It seems like a really cool idea.
  • This is actually coming out on July 29th.  That's part of the surprise that Microsoft promised us.   Remember these videos are only for showcasing features at launch.  This is why you haven't seen live tiles where you can reply inline.
  • This so cool. Thanks MS.
  • Remember the times when Windows Live Messenger was a thing? I don't recall better or funnier times while chatting. It might not happen but I would love to see a messenger come back, with:
    Personalized icons, nicks, sounds (msg plus), and a mini profile that shows status ... A man can dream
  • I think ppl are moving from messengers and more to VoIP like WhatsApp, viber, etc
  • Yeah they have to bring back some features from WLM, really. Especially one feature that allows you to watch and view photos together in the chat. That was great back then, we used those alot with my overseas friends. They really need Sticker features and other things that other messaging apps already have. Skype is already threatened by these apps since some of theme even got Video Calling feature, making Skype less reason to open.
  • So will I be able to send a text message to someone's phone from Skype on my computer, and have them receive it as a text from my phone number? So texting through the computer? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That's what I'm hoping
  • Glad its finally coming, but its not exactly groundbreaking. Besides in OSX, I could send SMS messages via a computer via a Symbian Nokia phone and one of their PC sync applications, about 6 or 7 years ago.
  • The cool thing is that tho probably work with any phone with the skype app
  • Messaging with Skype?  Man, that'll work for me. Bring this.
  • I downloaded an app from verizon that lets me send texts from my Surface. It's awesome when traveling overseas because my phone doesn't need to be on to send and receive. I hope win10 has this baked in, it's so useful
  • All this universal stuff surprise this wasn't with windows 10 unless this and the syncing stuff is waiting for windows phone 10
  • Daniel, cant I send chat messages through Skype already? What did you mean by that part of the sentence towards the end? Or did you simply mean the novelty of sending messages via/through the phone? That will indeed be a great feature to have. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Basically this will allow you to SMS similarly how imessage does it from what I understand. don't quote me 100 percent though.
  • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OMG. I NEED IT!!!!!!!
  • It needs a "... Is typing" thing and it needs to be really fast.
  • so long as it syncs between WP and desktop, I'm down for it
  • Lets not forget the had a (very similar) looking messaging app in Windows 8 and for some reason killed it off.
  • Nice, starting to look like apple's messaging. But cross platform!
  • I wonder if quick reply feature is already available for 3rd-party developers to use for Windows 10 Action Center? I hope that the API is ready. So upcoming Windows 10 apps will take advantage of it. They really should.
  • This is incredible news. Thanks Daniel.
  • This is good. I didn't like that they took it away in windows 8
  • Hmm
  • If it's possibly releasing in October, we could see an early version being made available to Insiders before then too, so those of us staying on the insider builds may actually get to try it out even soon....assuming they want to get feedback before the official launch of the app that is
  • You just made me even more giddy with joy lol ;)
  • Awesome
  • Not so much a dream with how IOS does it...
  • this is owsome 
  • The concept of being able to send chat messages through Skype or even your phone from your PC is the dream experience.
    On mac, it is neither a dream, nor a concept, it's called Handoff and it's wondurful. I hope Windows users get it soon. 
  • Is this working only with Skype and Messaging or it will include also Mesenger, WhatsApp and other chating apps?
  • Up in the air. There are no details at this point
  • Why is it delayed is the app doesn't look complicated, call Rudy to do it in two days you still have time, 25th 26th development, then testing 27,28 then release 29.
  • You forget a LOT of back-end development has to go into effect to actually process the SMS and Messaging. Apps just don't run through the front ;)
  • I wish they ll implement this kind of transparency for phone's action centre.. Who else want this change guys.
  • Showing features that are not going to be available on the 29 in ads, saying please upgade to this, seems bullshit to me...
  • That I painstakingly have to agree with. Pretty bad marketing.
  • I think back in the day MSN messenger had the feature where you could send texts to your friends through the desktop client. It only worked with contacts that had their phone numbers associated with their accounts and the cost would be billed to them or something like that. Anyhow, the feature was killed off rather quickly in later versions of MSN Messenger and it was US only to begin with (quelle surprise). As for registering with my phone number: I don't think that is something I would like - only if we still have the fallback option to log in with our ID. Having to travel to different countries due to work has me changing SIM cards and occasionally using different  devices as well and it's nice to be able to carry over my contacts regardless of device or phone number.
  • Looks decent, I hope we aren't forced to use the same MSA as our phones. I use a separate MSA for skype.... It would be a bloody pain. I only have a handful of contact that I talk to on skype and my address book is full of contacts that I don't talk to on skype.
  • I agree entirely with you Dan, the concept of messaging that can be done on both the desktop and mobile phone/tablet is a dream. I have added this frequently to the Windows feedback as a part of the Insiders program. I use third party software for this funtionality, but it is buggy and slow and sometimes doesnt even work. I want it for SMS and bbm and for any other chat formats. I am hopeful that this eventually will allow for a universal hub for any and all of these formats. To add to this dream, I would like to either have my desktop know that my phone is present or have me actively tell it so that it may redirect it to the desktop where appropriate. Its good to know that I am not alone with these wishes. I will keep dreaming and given the changes that Microsoft has adopted during the Technical Preview, I am confident these will be adopted.   
  • Sa-weet!!! No more having to depend on Google Voice for SMS. I can very soon do this through my laptop, hoping! ;) I is so happy!!
  • I TIPPED IT YAY
  • Will it be intelligent enough to automatically send via skype messenger to another Windows mobile user and regular SMS to others (Like iphone messenger)
  • nothing new here, we saw screenshots of this app months ago. even at BUILD
  • Will they bring back Solitaire Showdown? I miss it from the messenger days.